What Aguiyi-Ironsi’s widow would be remembered for: Buhari mourns

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Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari has mourned the demise of Victoria, widow of first Military Head of State, Major General Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi, saying she would be remembered for laying a solid foundation for women’s leadership role in the seat of power.

He added that she would also be remembered as a founding member of the Nigerian Army Officers’ Wives Association where she passionately championed the welfare and wellbeing of families of military officers.

Victoria Aguiyi-Ironsi died on Monday at the age of 97.

Buhari, in a statement issued by Femi Adesina extended deepest condolences to the Aguiyi-Ironsi family, and government and people of Abia State on the passing of Victoria.

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The President affirms that Lady Victoria’s incredible strength and exceptional courage during one of the darkest moments in the nation’s history pedestals her as a mother of the nation, God-fearing and a foremost woman of valour.

Buhari said he recognised that 55 years after the death of General J.T Aguiyi-Ironsi, Lady Victoria never stopped working for the greater good of Nigeria, and for peace, stability, healing and reconciliation in the land.

The President sincerely hoped that Lady Victoria’s labours for the country would not be in vain, and joined all Nigerians in praying for the repose of the soul of the departed and comfort for those who mourn.